Room 35226

Each day, we know that there are students in our community who go without their basic needs being met. This often affects their school performance and can have a lifelong impact.

My child needs help!

The resources supplied through the Room 35226 program are distributed at the schools. We have established resource rooms at Simmons Middle School and Bluff Park Elementary. If your child is a student at either of these schools, they can access the resource rooms during school hours. Contact the school counselor for more information. As this ministry grows we will establish resource rooms at the remaining schools in the 35226 zip code and update this page.

What is Room 35226

img_2632Each day, we know that there are students in our community who go without their basic needs being met. This often affects their school performance. They may be out of dress code because they don’t have enough clean clothes in their closet to wear each day of the week. They may be skipping meals over the weekend because there is not enough food in the kitchen at home. Or, it could just be that a student forgot to put on deodorant before leaving home. Whatever the case, Hoover is too caring a community to leave these student’s needs unmet. Many of us strive to help on a case-by-case basis. But what if we could do even more?

img_2882Room 35226 is part of our student ministry’s response to meeting these needs. Our vision is to have a room at every school in the 35226 zip code stocked with school supplies, clothes, toiletries, and food. Students and guidance counselors will have access to them throughout the day, for any needs that may arise. Each time a student takes something that they need, they will have the opportunity to post a note on the wall, not of what they took, but of what they plan to give back – to another student or to the community. The first room was established at Simmons Middle School and we’ve already expanded to Bluff Park Elementary. We hope to extend the Room 35226 program to the Green Valley, Gwin, and Shades Mountain Elementary Schools very soon.

You can help make Room 35226 a reality by gifting items from the list found at the bottom of this page, provided to us by guidance counselors and administrators at the school.

How can I help the children in our community?

Click HERE to make a monetary donation online. Donations by check should be made out to BPUMC with a note at the bottom indicating “for Room 35226.”

You can drop off donated items at the Bluff Park UMC church office Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:00pm. There is a dedicated drop-off box in the entryway. A list of items you can donate is included below.

If you have questions or need to make special arrangements for your donation, contact our student ministry via email


*This program would not have been made possible without an initial monetary gift by Beav’s Place (, providing financial support to Christian churches and organizations in the Birmingham area to support youth outreach ministries.

Guidance Counselors and Administrators Request These Items:

  • Chromebook covers
  • Earbuds
  • Toiletries (deodorant, packs of unscented baby wipes, lotion)
  • Feminine products (maxi-pads, etc.)
  • Girls panties (size 10 to adult size small)
  • Crackers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Granola bars
  • 1 ½” zippered binders
  • 1 pack of 5-tab divider pages
  • Packages of loose-leaf notebook paper
  • 3-ring nylon pencil pouches
  • Pens: blue, black or red ink
  • #2 pencils
  • #2 mechanical pencils
  • Highlighters
  • 24 packs of colored pencils
  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Dry erase markers
  • Folders with brads and pockets
  • 4-ounce bottles of glue
  • Glue sticks
  • TI30-XIIS scientific calculators (NOT TI-30Xa)
  • 2” heavy duty 3 ring binders
  • Avery Big Tab Double Pocket Plastic Dividers (Office Depot # 108152)
  • 3-ring nylon pencil pouches
  • Boxes of markers
  • Packs of 4×6 lined index cards
  • Pkg of quad-ruled loose leaf graph paper (not scientific, no spiral notebooks)
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener
  • 3-pack of 3×3 Post-it Notes
  • 12” ruler with metric and U.S. measurements
  • Binder dividers for 4 subjects
  • Composition books (with lined pages)
  • Clothing – Children’s Size 5 through Adult (gym clothes, jeans, slacks, skirts, shirts, blouses, and coats)